Data Protection Reform: EDPS Letter Calls for Resolution

February 14, 2014

It is not clear whether it is a despairing gesture or a tactical move to put pressure on the ministers who have an opportunity in early March to push the Data Protection Reform package to a resolution, but the EDPS Peter Hustinx has written a letter to the President of the Commission expressing his views, and concerns. In his letter Peter Hustinx states his view that the modernisation and reform of data protection is necessary, is an essential element for delivering effective protection of the citizens’ fundamental rights to privacy and personal data protection and is urgent. He goes on to express his concern that compromise solutions do not seem to be in sight and that the reform package is likely to be weakened. He then expresses his views on ‘three crucial outstanding issues’, namely the scope of the General Data Protection Reform, the one-stop shop principle and the risk-based approach and accountability. 

His letter can be read in full here.